Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 12/3/11

Following their demolishing of UCLA in the first ever Pac-12 title game, the greatest compliment you can give Oregon coach Chip Kelly and his program is this: Nobody is surprised. Not by the ease of the Ducks 49-31 beat down of UCLA at Autzen Stadium Friday night. Not by their second Rose Bowl in three years. And not by their third straight Pac-12 title and BCS bowl appearance. Above all, it is impossible to argue this: Oregon has arrived. As a college football super-power, and king of the Pac-12.

Friday night’s Pac-12 Championship game really proved to be nothing more than a formality, a crowning of the team that we as college football fans already knew to be the best in the conference (well, the best team that was eligible for postseason play anyway). The opponent was an overmatched UCLA Bruins squad, which proved pretty quickly to be no match for the Ducks, when LaMichael James scored on a 30-yard run less than two minutes into the game. Oregon never stopped scoring from there, with 35 points before halftime, before they used a ball-control offense in the second half to win a game that was never in doubt.

Looking at the stats proves the absurd dominance of Oregon, who ran over UCLA like they did just about overmatched Pac-12 opponent this year. The Ducks had an unconscionable 571 yards of total offense Friday night (which incredibly was only their fourth highest total of the year), with 352 of them coming on the ground. James was the star of the show, totaling 219 yards, putting him second nationally in that category (at least until Montee Ball plays tonight for Wisconsin), adding three more touchdowns to his resume as well. Quarterback Darron Thomas threw for three scores himself.

 

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